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Case study concerning time-motion in athletics McCallum, Malcolm Duncan

Abstract

In this study, three major questions were investigated with respect to the amount of time i-n motion spent during four home college basketball games played by the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. First, the amount of time in motion spent on offense was compared to the amount of time in motion spent on defense. Second, all the positions on offense and defense were compared to the amount of time spent in motion and thirdly, the differences of time spent in motion between the full court press and no press were calculated. The subjects used for this study were ten male athletes on the 1967-68 University of British Columbia Thunderbird Basketball team. Each team position was tested a total of seven times; twice to perfect the use of stop watches during exhibition games, once to run a percentage of error test on one forward position and four times to obtain scores utilized in this study. This sequence of testing was followed to give the testers time to become proficient in the use of the stop watches. The data was analyzed in order to obtain: a) the differences between offensive and defensive time spent in motion. b) the differences between each of the five positions regarding time spent in motion, offensively and defensively. c) the difference in time spent in motion between the full court press and no press, both offensively and defensively.

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